Monthly Archives: January 2014

China’s Li Na wins Australia’s Women’s Tennis Open

Tennis player Li Na become the first ever Chinese woman to win the Australian Women

China’s Li Na won her second Grand Slam title with victory over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Australian Open. Li, seeded fourth, came through an edgy first set from both women to dominate the second and win 7-6 (7-3) 6-0. It was the 31-year-old’s third Australian Open final and brings her a second major title after the 2011 French Open. Already a popular figure at Melbourne Park, thanks to her previous success – and entertaining on-court interviews – Li was urged on by a large contingent of Chinese supporters on Rod Laver Arena. “Finally I got her [the Australian Open trophy],” said Li. “The last two finals were very close.  … Continue reading

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18-year old marathon debutant breaks world record

18-year old Tsegaye Mekonnen Asefa of Ethiopia wins the Dubai Marathon

A debutant won the Standard   Chartered Dubai title for the third consecutive occasion in this   IAAF Gold Label Race as marathon novices   maintained their domination in Dubai. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen continued this   impressive sequence as the 18 year-old sprang a surprise,   running 2:04:32 in his first marathon. This achievement improved the   unofficial World Junior Record by almost two minutes; also unprecedented was   a sub-2:06 performance by an 18-year-old, let alone breaking 2:05.    There was much pre-race talk about the possibility of another debutant winner.   But the athlete in this context was not Tsegaye Mekonnen. It was Atsedu   Tsegay, who had recently impressed with a half marathon victory in New … Continue reading

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